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Independent 7,196 by Radian (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 07/11/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on November 15th, 2009

Simon Harris.

After the splendid classical music themed Indy 7,148 of a few weeks ago, I was pleased to open the newspaper and find that I was blogging a further Radian puzzle. The theme here – female names – became apparent pretty swiftly, and many of the answers fell into place in short order. Spotting the message CHERCHEZ LA FEMME around the perimeter of the grid helped greatly with the stubborn few remainders.

The W, N and E borders read CHERCHEZ LA FEMME, whilst the S reads REINE. I’m left wondering if I’m missing something, perhaps a further hidden name. A search for MARGOT, ELIZABETH and other likely contenders appears fruitless. I did spot DIANA ENG hidden up top, but can’t quite bring myself to believe that Radian is a follower of fashion-related reality TV shows.

No doubt the eagle-eyed Fifteensquared readers will have spotted anything that I’ve missed.

Incidentally, this blog is a little delayed, as I was holding off on account of the turmoil caused by the postal disputes. However, I see that the solutions were published in yesterday’s paper, so it looks like we’re in the clear.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

Across
6 INDIANA – (AID in ANNI[e])<.
8 ENGULF – ENG + FLU<.
10 CANARD – AN in CARD.
11 HONEYBEE – (ONE + Y[arrow]) in HEBE*.
12 RYE-GRASS – (YEARS* “covering” G[reens]) in R[oyal] S[andwich].
14 IN A JAM – (MA + JAN 1)<.
16 CHA-CHA – [whi]CH A CHA[p].
18 BEHIND – (H + IN) in BED.
20 EILEEN – (General) LEE in EIN.
21 CARDAMOM – DRAMA* in COM.
24 HERMIONE – (ROME IN)* in HE.
26 MAISIE – (IS + I) in MAE (West).
28 CARIES – hom. of (George) “Carey’s”.
29 ANNABEL – LEBANOAN*.
Down
1 HILARY – HILAR[it]Y. One of the four terms of the legal year. The, er, term is also in use at Oxford and Dublin universities, I believe.
2 EDNA – [australi]AN DE[nizen]<. Dame Edna, of course.
3 ZANDRA – (A + N + DR) in ZA.
4 LEONTINELEON + TINE. Perhaps a less familiar name, but the clueing plus the “L” from LA FEMME led the solver there nicely.
5 AGGY – [s]AGGY.
7 AGHAST – [tear]S in A GHAT.
9 LEEWARD – (DRAW EEL)<.
13 GRACE – (R[uns] + A[way]) in GCE.
15 ANITA – ([l]ATIN A[merica])<.
16 CHIMERA – HIM in CARE*.
17 HENHOUSE – H in (HE + N0 USE).
19 ECZEMA – ((ME + Z) in ACE)<.
22 RIMINI – R + 1 + MINI.
23 ORIOLE – I’m not sure about this one. Assuming the def. to be “It’s usually on the wing“, the wordplay is “Headlight picked up?“, which I don’t follow.
25 MEIR – ME + IR. Golda Meir, former Israeli PM.
27 ISBN – BINS*. I enjoyed the “black stripes on jackets” cd.

4 Responses to “Independent 7,196 by Radian (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 07/11/09)”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I think 23 down is a homophone of AUREOLE = halo = headlamp.

    Great puzzle, hard, suitable for a Sat, would never have solved it (esp 27 dn) without the Nina which I saw very late.

  2. Allan_C says:

    Thanks nmsindy, I was struggling to understand 23 down.

    Spotted the nina quite late (partly because I initially put ‘Sandra’ in 3 down). I think the unchecked letters across the base are part of the nina too; they spell ‘reine’ – the French for ‘queen’ and in the card-sharp’s ‘find the lady’ trick isn’t the idea is to try and spot a queen?

  3. nmsindy says:

    Yes, REINE is part of it for sure and gave me confirmation of 27 dn.

  4. Allan_C says:

    Apologies, Radian, for not reading the blog carefully enough, so didn’t see you’d spotted ‘reine’.

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